The name of this station commemorates the glories of both the Catalan merchant and military marine. The former, for the role it played at opening commercial routes towards Castile, Italy, North Africa and the entire Levantine area. The latter, for the important campaigns that it undertook since the reign of Jaume the First, of which we should mention the conquests of Mallorca, Valencia and the Sicilian War; the expedition to the Byzantine Empire and, later on, the Conquest of Naples.
L’AUDITORI carrer de Lepant, 150 Phone 932 479 300 www.auditori.cat www.museumusica.bcn.es l’Auditori is halfway between this station and the previous. The building was designed by the architect José Rafael Moneo Vallés and was inaugurated in 1999. As well as the three audition halls, the building also houses the Museu de la Musica (5), which has a magnificent archive, and where cycles and workshops are regularly programmed for people of all ages. It closes on Tuesdays. If you are fond of music, you will no doubt be interested in the free concerts of l’Acadèmia, where you will enjoy the melodies of the pupils of the ESCMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya).
FUNERAL CARRIAGES MUSEUM (Servicios funerarios de Barcelona) carrer de sancho de Ávila, 2 Phone 902 076 902 Inside the Barcelona funerary services you will find this museum, entirely devoted to this subject matter: one can see imperial funeral hearses, Gothic, French… Entrance is free.
PARC DE L’ESTACIÓ DEL NORD I am walking towards the parc de l’Estació del Nord (1) and decide to sit on the grass: by moments I look at the sculptures by Beberly Pepper and inspired by Gaudí, Núvol caigut (Fallen Cloud) and Espiral arbrat (Forested Spiral), and at other moments I am distracted looking at the sky.